• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com pie forums private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Carla Burke
  • John F Dean
  • r ranson
  • Nancy Reading
  • Anne Miller
  • Jay Angler
stewards:
  • paul wheaton
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Nicole Alderman
master gardeners:
  • Christopher Weeks
  • Timothy Norton
gardeners:
  • Matt McSpadden
  • Rachel Lindsay
  • Jeremy VanGelder

One Giant Ant Hill and No Water!

 
master steward
Posts: 14863
Location: USDA Zone 8a
4103
dog hunting food preservation cooking bee greening the desert
  • Likes 4
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator


Well, I got up this morning and when I turned on the water faucet we had no water.  Then, while checking to see what the problem was, I found that our garden is now one giant anthill.  All kinds and sizes of ants have decided my garden is a good place to live.  We have been here since 2013 and have never had fire ants.  I guess we have them now as some of these ants just swarmed all over my feet and their bites stung like fire!





The good news is that I called our well guy and he came out and fixed the problem!  We were afraid it might be the well pumps.  Luckily, it turned out to be a switch or something in the control box.  We have water!

 
rocket scientist
Posts: 5886
Location: latitude 47 N.W. montana zone 6A
2840
cat pig rocket stoves
  • Likes 2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hi Anne;   Awesome your water was an easy fix!    For your ants try food grade Diatomaceous earth . They sell 50# sacks at most feed stores.
 
Anne Miller
master steward
Posts: 14863
Location: USDA Zone 8a
4103
dog hunting food preservation cooking bee greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Thanks for the suggestion, Thomas.

I was using vinegar and coffee ground which was working until I dug up all the potatoes and haven't been back in the garden.  Using up all my vinegar wasn't fun.  I didn't mind using the spend coffee ground because I get new grounds every morning.

It might take 50 lbs of DE to get rid of them. They have an entire circle around my house.  I don't know why they are so bad this year unless it is just the right conditions for them.
 
master steward
Posts: 11189
Location: Pacific Wet Coast
6183
duck books chicken cooking food preservation ungarbage
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I'd suggest you need an anteater, but I don't know what their range is, or if they eat fire-ants. Good luck with slowing them down.
 
Anne Miller
master steward
Posts: 14863
Location: USDA Zone 8a
4103
dog hunting food preservation cooking bee greening the desert
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
This topic has the perfect solution:

https://permies.com/t/213764/Surefire-Permie-solution-fireant
 
Here. Have a potato. I grew it in my armpit. And from my other armpit, this tiny ad:
FREE Perma Veggies Book! - Learn how to grow the most delicious and nutritious food with the least amount of work.
https://permies.com/t/238620/perennial-vegetables/FREE-Perma-Veggies-Book
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic